Is Flu Contagious?

Flu ContagiousIs Flu Contagious?

 

Are you among those wondering whether flu is contagious or not? Flu is the most common ailment that affect men, women and children.

According to Kids Health, influenza, commonly known as “the flu,” is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract. It affects all age groups, though kids tend to get it more often than adults.

 

In the United States, flu season runs from October to May, with most cases occurring between late December and early March.

 

The flu is often confused with the common cold, but flu symptoms usually are more severe than the typical sneezing and stuffiness of a cold.

 

Symptoms, which usually begin about 2 days after exposure to the virus, can include:

 

  • fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • dizziness
  • loss of appetite
  • tiredness
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • weakness
  • ear pain
  • diarrhea

 

Source: Kids Health

 

So how do you get the flu? Flu usually spreads through person to person contact, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

 

To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately. Further, frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If you feel that you are already exhibiting the symptoms of influenza, try to take some precautions that will help prevent spreading the virus. Remember that flu is contagious. By not taking precautions, you can easily spread it to others, especially to family members who are living with you in one abode.

 

 

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